Lou Reed, one of the founders of the legendary Velvet Underground and whose solo career forged an incredible impact on music, has died at age 71, reported Rolling Stone.com Oct. 27. No cause of death was given, but Reed had a liver transplant in May, the magazine said.
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Reed, born on March 2, 1942 on Long Island, forged his legendary status first as principal lead singer and songwriter for the Velvet Underground in the '60s with such songs as "Heroin," "Sister Ray," "Sweet Jane," "Rock and Roll" and "Venus in Furs." Reed left the band in 1970 for his own solo career. He released his first solo album in 1972.
It was there his legend grew even more. David Bowie and Mick Ronson produced his second solo album,“Transformer.” His “Rock 'n' Roll Animal” album, released in 1974, is without a doubt one of the best rock 'n' roll live albums ever released. The stunning opener, “Sweet Jane,” was made to be cranked up to the limit. In 2011, he joined with Metallica to create the album “Lulu.”
Ken Scott, engineer on Reed's "Transformer" album, posted on Facebook, "RIP Lou. You gave me one of my best works, 'Walk On The Wild Side'."
Reed was one of rock's great legends. He will be sorely missed.